Grant funding of $115 million has been made available by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for projects aimed at reducing pollution from older diesel engines. The funding, provided under the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA), will be awarded to eligible applicants in EPA’s ten regions. The focus of the funding is on areas with poor air quality and communities already burdened by air pollution. Projects can include upgrading or replacing diesel-powered vehicles and equipment with cleaner technologies. Priority will be given to projects that benefit local communities, protect investments from climate change events, and demonstrate a commitment to long-term emissions reduction. The initiative aligns with the Biden administration’s Justice40 Initiative, which aims to ensure that disadvantaged communities receive at least 40% of the benefits from federal investments.